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Rockets Win In More Ways Than One


Jake Simuncak hit Lawrence Turner for touchdown pass in overtime, and Simuncak intercepted a pass on the next possession to seal a 20-14 South Milwaukee victory over West Allis Hale on Friday at Spaltholz Field.

But the real winner was Jordan Schroeder.

Jordan, who is battling cancer, was on the field for South Milwaukee’s first offensive play before being removed from the game to support the team from the sideline — and continue to provide inspiration for the Rockets.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covered the story before Friday’s game. TV crews were also on hand to document it, including WDJT, WISN and WTMJ. (The image is from TMJ4.)

(By the way, South Milwaukee moved to 2-0 with the win, with a game at Whitnall up next on Friday. WISN has highlights.)

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Rocket Update: Volleyball Success, Football Game Tonight, And More

From the Ante Udovicic and the South Milwaukee School District …


The Rockets started off their season with a bang last night by capturing their first ever Rocket Quad championship with a victory over Heritage Christian to clinch it! The Rockets travel to Wauwatosa West tomorrow for a varsity invitational. It was an exciting finish. Way to go Rockets!


The Rockets started off the season on August 20th with a 31-0 victory over Milwaukee Morse Marshall. Senior Joey Nelson caught 2 TD passes from sophomore Flynt Kocherer and the Rocket defense only allowed 56 yards of offense in the game. Sophomores Mua Vang and Joel Reyes each had a rushing TD and senior Chuks Ozodi recorded 2 safeties for the Rockets!

TONIGHT the Rockets are at home to take on West Allis Hale at 7:00pm at Spaltholz Field. You can see some more information at the following link to a great JS article.


The Rocket Football team will be featured as the Preps Plus Team of the Week on Sunday night! The program is scheduled to air on TMJ4 at 11:00pm on Sunday, August 30 so set your DVR’s or watch the program live. Congratulations Rockets!


The Rockets started off the Woodland Conference season with a 5-2 dual meet victory at Whitnall! This avenged a tight 3-4 loss a week earlier in the Rocket Invitational. Nice work ladies!


In their first match, the Rockets faced a good Franklin team and matched them evenly and finished with a 2-2 tie. Senior Burim Huseini and junior Sam Nunez scored the 2 goals for the Rockets and new goalkeeper senior Alec Randow started his first soccer match in goal and did a great job. The Rockets compete in the Cudahy Invitational on Saturday with their first match at 10:30am against Whitnall and second match at noon against Greenfield.

Good luck this weekend Rockets!

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Redeveloping Highway 32

Some positive developments on our busiest street, north to south …

  • Burger King. I just heard from folks involved in this project, and here is the update on the location planned for the Walmart outlot: Groundbreaking is expected early this fall, with an opening this winter. I know a lot of people have been asking about this project, as the land remains undeveloped almost a year after the development was approved. It’s really nice to see them moving ahead with this. I can already taste my first Whopper.
  • Nomi Coffee. The new coffee house on at 513 N. Chicago Ave. is now serving food, with the kitchen open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The menu includes toasted ravioli, a turkey BLT, build-your-own grilled cheese, or a “Nomi Sandwich.” They’ve also repaved their parking lot in the last week.
  • Citgo. The new gas station at the corner of 10th and Manitoba opened last week, too.

So, really good momentum. And more to come!

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Celebrating Our Parks: Several Cool Events Coming Up

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Just a reminder that the Restore the Lagoon group is holding its fundraising festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Mill Pond on Oak Creek Parkway.

Enjoy food, drinks, live music, a silent auction, a kids’ corner and more for this second-annual event. Check out a flyer and more information on Restore efforts on the Restore the Lagoon Facebook page.

Also, our local Friends groups are planning several special events in September …

  • September 12: Grant Park Beach Walk, 5-9 p.m. Enjoy a lighted walk on the beach, music, s’mores and more.
  • September 19: Grant Park Beach cleanup. 9-11 a.m. Learn more here.
  • September 26: Mill Pond Warming House open house, noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate restoration efforts with food, raffles and more.

Learn more about the beach walk and open house here.


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Headlines: Fire, Police Departments Making A Difference, And More

Simple solutions can make a big difference too — and maybe even prevent cancer.

That’s the story behind the TMJ 4 report that aired last night on the South Milwaukee Fire Department’s newest safety tool — sanitizing wipes for their firefighters.

Check out the story here.

And here are some other local headlines …

NOW has published new police blotters here and here.

Also, the Milwaukee Post has published an article on the efforts to restore the Mill Pond and Oak Creek watershed. You can see it here. It provides a pretty accurate portrayal of the issue (although it calls us a village vs. a city).

In short, I’m excited for the progress we’re making toward a cleaner watershed, but we’re just getting started and we have a lot of work to do. The restoration study will help guide that work and get us that much closer to the long-term solutions we need to make the Oak Creek watershed something we can all be proud of again.

I want the city to be a partner in those efforts. And we have been.

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Cleaning Up Our Roadways, One Tree Stump At A Time

The city continues to invest in urban forestry.

This time, it’s in stump grinding and removal.

The South Milwaukee City Council last Tuesday approved spending around $20,000 for the grinding of 196 tree stumps in street right of way and restoration of those areas. That includes 116 stumps from trees removed by property owners prior to 2014 — when ordinance changes stepping up the city’s ownership of street trees went into effect — and another 80 from trees removed by the Street Department in 2014 and 2015.

Removing dead and diseased trees like this is part of our ongoing commitment to this service, and we have a long ways to go, both in tree removal and replanting. But we’re making progress.

Removal will continue for years. A quick drive around town shows just how many dead or dying trees we have in the right of way in South Milwaukee.

And we’re making progress toward replanting.

Year one of the Arbor Day program was a big success, and we’ll bring it back in 2016.

We have to do more. The Beautification Committee will help.

One of its top duties will be to assist in tree planting efforts, including advising on a community tree management program (per Tree City USA requirements), coordinating an Adopt a Tree program for area residents, leading the Arbor Day celebration, and helping secure private funding for city tree planting efforts.

Want to join the committee? There is still time to apply. Please do so this week here.


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Take The Survey, And Share Your Feedback On Grant Park

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The Milwaukee County Parks and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are partnering on a survey to better understand the experience of park users in and around South Milwaukee.

They are specifically looking for thoughts on Grant and Bender Parks.

Access the survey here.

Please take it, and share the link with your family, friends and other users of the local parks. In fact, even if you haven’t been to Grant Park recently, please take it — your feedback is valuable, too.

I thank the UW-La Crosse’s Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation program for their interest in our local parks — and for the Parks Department for agreeing to allow the survey.

The honest feedback they gain should be invaluable. Please do your part and share your thoughts — good, bad and everything in between.


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